There are seven core sectors to address when discussing programs to preventing violent extremism (PVE). The most common sector is within law enforcement, which often sees radicalization through a criminal lens, meaning that criminal justice usually either sees the radicalized individual or looks to prevent radicalization, and in doing so often paints the individual as a potential criminal.
This is in part why it’s critical to view PVE as a cohesive effort that encompasses other sectors that can both inform and assist what is typically seen chiefly a law enforcement “problem.” These other sectors include:
- Health/Mental Health
- Online Portals/Internet
- Community-driven engagement
Working in tandem, communities can better achieve PVE results that include protecting vulnerable youth from being pulled into radicalization, while also encouraging law enforcement to humanize the problem. Each sector is unique and programs should be customized to the specific sector and demographics.
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